Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. He launched Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990, and it has grown to become the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average weekend attendance of over 12,000.
He was named one of the “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. For his work in racial reconciliation, Adam was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award, as well as numerous other awards for community service.
Adam has written over 25 books, including: The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life, When Christians Get it Wrong, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, Making Sense of the Bible, and Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.
Adam and his wife LaVon have been married for over 35 years and have two adult daughters and a granddaughter.
General Session 1: Thursday, 9/24, 10:00am CDT
General Session 4: Thursday, 9/24, 2:00pm CDT
The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry is Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church and was installed November 1, 2015.
He received a Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy and marriage equality.
Presiding Bishop Curry has authored four books: The Power of Love (2018); Following the Way of Jesus: Church’s Teachings in a Changing World (2017); Songs My Grandma Sang (2015); and Crazy Christians: A Call to Follow Jesus (2013).
He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two adult daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.
General Session 3: Thursday 9/24, 12:45pm
Ronald Heifetz is the founder of the Center for Public Leadership and is the King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School.
His research focuses on creating a conceptual foundation for the study of leadership, creating teaching, training, and consulting methods for leadership practice, and building the adaptive capacity of organizations and societies. Heifetz is well-known for developing transformative methods of leadership education and development and co-developed the adaptive leadership framework.
Heifetz is the author of several books including: Leadership without Easy Answers (1994), Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (2002); and The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World (2009).
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and the Kennedy School, Heifetz is a physician and cellist.
General Session 2: Thursday 9/24, 11:15am CDT
Keynote speakers will be featured on Thursday, September 24. We are also excited about the Breakout Session speakers on Friday, September 25.
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